Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim (She/Her/Hers)
Rabbi Rachel Timoner is grateful and proud to serve as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her initiatives have included a study series on systemic racism in America, a sukkah about the refugee experience, a dialogue and study series with the breadth of views and perspectives on Israel, a BESTY (youth group) revival, and a Dismantling Racism Team. In November 2016, Rabbi Timoner, in cooperation with City Councilmember Brad Lander, opened CBE’s sanctuary to #GetOrganizedBK, so that thousands of Brooklyn neighbors could help to protect human rights and democracy.
From 2009 to 2015, Rabbi Timoner served as Associate Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. She grew up in Miami, Florida, received a B.A. from Yale University, and her rabbinical degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, Rabbi Timoner raised funds to rebuild the San Francisco Women’s Building, worked to mitigate the impact of welfare reform in California, worked in San Francisco City Hall, and founded two leadership programs and a peer hotline for LGBT youth. Rachel, her wife Felicia, and their two sons Benji and Eitan live in Park Slope. She joined the Foundation's Board of Directors in February 2019.